Mango Jam

In Hawaii, late spring going into summer is MANGO SEASON! In my opinion this is the absolute best time of the year. My neighborhood is filled with mango trees and I count the days until the delicious fruits are ready. Finally, after months of staring at the unripe mangos, the time has come. Mango season…

Apple Pastry Rosettes

Sometimes, I really want to make something beautiful. The problem is that I am NOT artistic in the classical sense. I don’t paint or draw or write poetry. I am creative…with food and with work (political strategy needs to always be fresh) but not artistic. A big difference in my mind. My food is usually…

Jammin’ – Papaya Style

Sometimes I forget, having grown up in an old farm house in the middle of the Maine woods, that most people don’t know how to preserve things. Jam, for instance, is something I never really thought was a foreign thing for most people to make. Only recently did I realize just how out of the…

Pickles Pickles Pickles

Pickles are one of those foods that everyone discounts. Grocery store pickles lack a certain panache. Inevitable limp and overly salty yet somehow under seasoned, those are a sad shadow of what truly good pickle can be. Here, I have a fool-proof recipe for crunchy, flavorful pickles every time. These pickles are one of the…